Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss and the Signs
Hearing loss is a very common occurrence, particularly as we age. You may not even be aware of it when it first begins. Recognizing the early symptoms of reduced hearing is important, however. The sooner you are aware of the problem, the sooner you can seek out hearing care.
HOW CAN HEARING LOSS OCCUR?
Reduced ability to hear can occur gradually over time or quite suddenly. Over time, wax can build up in the ears. The earwax will eventually block your ear canal, preventing sound waves from traveling through properly. Another possibility over time is that the structures of the inner ear can begin to deteriorate.
Loss of hearing can occur due to an injury to the ear, with or without a ruptured eardrum. Tumors in the ear, as well as a simple ear infection, can also result in this problem. If you work in an industry or participate in a hobby that requires you to be around loud noises, it can eventually lead to damage inside of your ear.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS?
While there are many potential symptoms, the biggest ones tend to be:
- Inability to hear clearly: If you find yourself straining to hear or it seems as if others are mumbling, it may be a sign that your hearing is suffering.
- Avoiding social situations: For some people, the stress of not being able to hear clearly causes them to withdraw socially. They are either embarrassed or trying to avoid the exhaustion that comes with straining to hear all day.
- Turning up the TV/radio: If you used to always listen to your television or radio at a certain volume but have found yourself turning it up lately, it may be time to seek out hearing care.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE MY DOCTOR?
Essentially, if your loss of hearing is negatively impacting your daily life, it is time to see your doctor. It is especially important to seek immediate medical care if you find yourself suddenly unable to hear, in either both ears or just one. There are multiple tests available to help determine what part of your ears are impacted. The results of these tests will guide your hearing care.
You can learn more about what causes loss of hearing and the most common symptoms by contacting our hearing center at (888) 485-5452. Our dedicated team of experts will be happy to answer your questions and help you come up with a solution that fits your life. Schedule your free hearing test online today!